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Dive in and explore what's new in SharePoint 2013. Author Gini Courter covers the new features and the enhancements to sharing, libraries, templates, and search. Plus, discover how the social networking features have been updated to include microblogging and newsfeed options. The course also includes a look at using SkyDrive Pro, managing rich media, and using new business intelligence features.
SharePoint 2013 includes a revamped feature called SkyDrive. It's actually named SkyeDrive Pro and Microsoft is quick to point out that this is the shortened version of its name. But it's a library that you can synchronize and use offline if you wish. But basically a library that replaces that live library that you may have used with earlier versions of SharePoint or even simply with Office or your Microsoft ID, by default any document that I save in my SkyDrive Pro is private, until I place it in a folder that I share with others or I change the sharing permissions on it.
So this is a place for me to store my organizational work that's more personal or more private. It's also a place to share information with others, because I'm in charge of the permissions here. I may not have the full permissions on a SharePoint site to create all the document libraries that I'd like to share with other people, but here I have the ability to create folder and say, let's go ahead and share this with some specific people. Microsoft often will reuse names and this is another case where it's less than clear and less than helpful, because the SkyDrive name is used in three different ways in SharePoint and in the newer versions of Windows.
When we go to Windows, you'll see a SkyDrive here, and that SkyDrive is connected to a Windows ID, so the files that I see there aren't my SharePoint files, this is actually assigned to my live.com email account. And I'll see all kinds of files there, but they're not the files we saw just a moment ago. Here in my SkyDrive, I am seeing a different set of files and this isn't hosted by Microsoft somewhere. These files are hosted in SharePoint by my organization. So things that I save here should be organizational files.
When I get ready to synchronize this library or any other library, it's very easy to do, there's a Sync button and there is a movie later in this new features course that will help you learn everything you need to learn about how you can synchronize your SkyDrive Pro to your laptop for offline use.
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